A fact commonly acknowledged by veterinarians is that one of the most neglected aspects of pet health is dental care. Many pet owners are surprised to find that regular dental screenings and oral hygiene can actually add years to the life of their pet. At Animal Hospital of Onslow County, we offer the most up to date dental cleaning and polishing procedures for dogs and cats. We also provide routine extractions and some oral surgeries.
Oral disease in pets begins just like it does in people, with bacteria in the mouth that harden and form plaque that adhere to teeth. If not removed through regular care and cleaning, these bacteria will accumulate, harden into tartar, and can lead to the development of periodontal disease (disease of the structures around the tooth--the gums, bone, and connective tissue). Constant exposure to these bacteria can potentially cause damage to major organs of the body such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.
The doctors at Animal Hospital of Onslow recommend initiating regular dental cleanings and exams when your pets are young to prevent the development of periodontal disease. Routine checkups and cleanings from your veterinarian are key factors in keeping your pet healthy and avoiding dental problems before they affect your pet’s overall health. Brushing your pet’s teeth in between cleanings from your veterinarian and supplying them with oral hygiene chews are additional preventive measures.
If you notice your pets illustrating the following symptoms, they may be suffering from periodontal disease and should be evaluated.
- Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Broken or loose teeth
- Gum recession and/or gum swelling
- Pain in or around the mouth
- Pawing at the face or mouth
- Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- Swelling of the face
- Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- Weight loss
Whether you have a healthy young puppy or kitten, or an older pet that may be suffering from a dental problem, and you live in the areas of Jacksonville, Maysville, or Camp Lejeune, call Animal Hospital of Onslow County to schedule a dental visit for your pet.